CLAYTON, Mo (KSDK) - A Florissant man accused of acting as an Uplands Park police officer without a valid license and being involved in a police chase that led to the death of a St. Louis woman is now standing trial.
Lamont Aikens, 35, was charged in 2010 with knowingly holding a commission of a police officer without a valid license.
Aikens could face up to six months in jail and a fine if convicted.
Aikens was at the center of a high profile wrongful death lawsuit while on the job.
Lashanna Snipes, 34, died when her car was hit by a driver fleeing the Uplands Park Police Department. Aikens was the officer behind the wheel during the pursuit. Seventeen-year-old Derion Henderson, the driver of the car that hit Snipes' vehicle, was eventually arrested and charged with second-degree murder and tampering.
Village attorney Douglas Rudman said the department records may contradict the charges. He believes Aikens was considered an auxiliary officer and was always supervised by a commissioned officer, even at the time of the pursuit.